Liverpool scouted new Serbian talent days before he signed new deal
Liverpool sent a scout to Serbia last weekend to check out Partizan Belgrade wonderkid Filip Stevanovic, who signed a new contract earlier this week.
Reports in Serbia on Monday revealed Liverpool had a scout present at Stadion Partizana for the 161st Eternal derby between Partizan and Red Star Belgrade.
Tottenham and Manchester United spies were also present, but probably for different reasons as Spurs are in the same Champions League group as Red Star and United will face Partizan in the Europa League.
So Liverpool’s scout was certainly there to report back on a potential future transfer target and the most likely candidate of the 22 starters was teenager Stevanovic, who was replaced in injury time with his side 2-0 up and the game over.
The young winger was actually only 16 when the match took place but has since celebrated his 17th birthday by signing a new three-year deal with the eight-time Serbian champions.
“I’ve talked a lot with my family about it, but I’m currently focused on Partizan and I don’t think about leaving,” he said.
“I have a new contract and as far as I am concerned, it is best to stay one whole season as a starter, to gain experience, and then only to take a further step.”
He has long been spoken of as a huge talent for the future with Serbian experts believing him to be the best Partizan has produced in years.
🇷🇸 Un autre joueur de 16 ans s'est fait remarquer hier soir. Déjà trois buts en quatre matchs pour Filip Stevanovic cette saison en Superliga avec son club formateur du Partizan.
Le Partizan s'est imposé sans problème face au Rad (3-0). pic.twitter.com/0G52fDR4Zy
— Footballski (@footballskiFR) August 19, 2019
Stevanovic now appears to be fulfilling his early promise with four goals in seven Super League games and one in the Europa League so far this season.
He hit an impressive double in August against Rad and his Europa League goal in the same month came in a 3-0 home win over Connah’s Quay.
Liverpool snapped up another talented Serbian teen – Marko Grujic – from Red Star in 2016 when the midfielder was just 19 and the Reds could be preparing to pounce for his countryman once he turns 18 and Fifa rules allow it.